Easy Peasy Chicken Pot Pie

 Well, since I boiled and shredded a whole bag of chicken tenders this weekend when I made chicken enchiladas to take over to my uncles house for a little Memorial Day lunch, I had a ton of chicken left over!  So lucky me…I thought ahead & bought all the stuff I needed to whip up an easy peasy chicken pot pie!  It’s the easiest thing in the world to throw together & it tastes so much better then those rinky dink ones you can find in the freezer section at your nearest grocery.  I wish you could smell how wonderful this tasty dinner smells!  I can’t wait to dig in, but I’ll have to wait awhile for it to cool down.  So, while I’m waiting for it to cool down, I thought I’d be nice and share how easy this dinner is to throw together!  Plus, it’ll help me take my mind off of my growling stomach.

Anyways, literally…all you need is some handy dandy premade crust, which you can always find in the refrigerated section by the biscuits.  You’ll get two rolled up pie crusts in a box.  So, grab your pie dish from the cabinet and unroll one of the rolls of dough and place it in the bottom of the pie plate.  Next, you’ll want to grab a bowl & pour in 2 cans of mixed veggies, a couple cans/jars of chicken gravy & some of your leftover shredded chicken.  By the way…this is also great made with leftover turkey!  Just substitute the chicken gravy with turkey gravy!  Mix everything up together in the bowl and then dump it all into that pie crust.  Next, unroll the second pie crust and place it on top and pinch the two crusts together & pop it in the oven at 450 for about 45 minutes.  See….easy peasy!!  Ohh..and make sure to put some foil around the edges so the crust doesn’t burn!  Hope this helped anyone looking for an easy dinner to throw together!  Enjoy!!

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Lazy Weekend & Yummy Dessert!

Ahhh…it was so nice to have a three day weekend!  Thank you servicemen…past & present!  Time is flying so fast this year…I can’t believe it will be June in a couple of days.  I had started out on Friday thinking I would clean up the house this weekend, so I got up early on Saturday & moved from the bed to the couch.  That was the first mistake…second mistake was turning on the t.v. & continued to watch episodes of Ghost Whisperer on Netflix & that’s where my weekend pretty much ends…lol.  I have less than 20 episodes left, so I’ll have that series knocked out this week.  When I’m done…I’ve got to start making myself workout before I start in on another series or I’ll be couch bound all summer…not cool!  I got a couple of workout games via Gamefly.com to try out, so I’m curious how those are going to turn out, but I wanted to try them first before buying any, since Xbox games are so gosh darn expensive.  I’m most eager to try out the Biggest Loser game, but I might be taking back that eagerness after I try it out and have Bob & Jillian yelling at me…lol.

The weekend wasn’t entirely spent on the couch…I did manage to get the bathroom all cleaned up and wiped down. And the kitchen.  Even ran out and grabbed a few groceries.  Then on the way home, I noticed that none of my neighbors that I share the pool with were home, so I put away the groceries real quick and then jumped in the pool.  I’m not very comfortable in a bathing suit around other people, so I took advantage of the pool while nobody was around.  It was great!  A lot warmer then when I was in there last back in October!  Then I called up my uncle & made plans to bring him over lunch today, so this weekend wasn’t a total loss…I still got to see family! 🙂  I ended up making Chicken Enchiladas (my specialty), corn casserole & Lazy Peach Pie.  The food was a big hit with my uncle & then when his roomates got home from their weekend at the beach…they attacked the food & loved it too!  It always makes me happy when people like what I cook, since I’m not the greatest.  I was too full to eat any Lazy Peach Pie, but sure enough…as soon as I got home I was hungry for some, so I through together the batter & when I went to grab a can of peaches I was out, so I just made do with a can of pears….tasted just as good.  Would you like the recipe??  Okay, you twisted my arm!

Lazy Peach Pie

1 c. flour       
 1 c. sugar
1 c. milk        
1 stick of butter
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Lg. Can of Peaches
Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together, except the butter & fruit.  Melt the stick of butter in an 8×8 or 9×13 pan.  Pour the batter on top of the melted butter.  Drop in sliced peaches randomly throughout.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Wah-la!  Instant Yumminess!

Since I dabble in the art of cooking I didn’t do any new paintings this weekend.  I have one almost done, but haven’t been able to get the design/outline I’m going for laid out to where it looks the way I want it to just yet, so maybe next weekend.  I will leave you with a quick painting I did last weekend for a friend at work who wanted a dandelion painting for her bedroom after she seen my drawing of one on my message board on my door at work.  She wanted it to be a bright pink to match her bedroom decor…I thought it turned out pretty good.  She loved it, so that’s what counts!  Anyways, hope y’all had a fabulous long weekend!  Talk to you later!

A Birthday Surprise & The Movies

Another weeks gone by already….man this year is flying by!  It was another pretty uneventful week for me.  Last Saturday I popped a birthday surprise in the mail for one of my besties since before kindergarden.  I made her a custom painting with a quote she says all the time on her blog, My Eclectic Bookshelf…you should go check it out!  It’s my favorite painting I’ve done recently by far!  What do you think?

It’s been pretty stink’in warm here in Orlando…it’s been in the 90’s.  So, this morning, to beat the heat, I went to movies for the first time since Thanksgiving.  I went to watch the new Pirates movie in 3D.  They’ll never make one as good as the first movie, but you can’t go wrong with Johnny Depp.  Make sure if you go and watch it you sit thru the credits for a snip-it more of movie as they usually do.  Luckily I got my ticket for free, but it cost me over $5.00 for a large bottle of water!  When you pay that much for water you’d think they’d give a large cup of ice if you ask for it, but noooo….they will only give you a little tiny cup of ice…not even a size small cup.  The concession stand dude said if I wanted a bigger cup I’d have to pay for that size drink…WTF??  Are you freakin’ kiddin me?  I’ll smuggle my own cup of ice and bottle of water in next time.  
There were some pretty good movie previews before the movie started.  “Zookeeper” with Kevin James is one I’ll want to be seeing…it looks super funny, but I’m a big fan of Kevin James…he cracks me up!  They have a Smurfs movie coming out, but I didn’t think it looked that great.  I prefer the cartoon!  They do have “The Muppets” movie coming out, which rocks, as I LOVE THE MUPPETS!!!  My favorite ever movie, being “Muppets Take Manhattan”.  I think I can sing you all the songs in the movie, but I’ll spare you, as I can’t sing worth a darn!  “Cowboys & Aliens” is the only other preview I remember & it looked pretty darn good too.  I think the previews are my favorite part of going to the movies!  I feel cheated if I’m late and miss them…almost to the point I don’t want to stay for the movie I initially came to see.  Call me crazy!  Anyways, that’s all for now folks!  Yak at ya later!!

Paintings, Frappuccinos & Cake Pops….Oh My!

Hey everybody!  Well….what do you think of my painting for the week?  Doesn’t it rock?!  I just love how this painting turned out.  I had painted the background mid-week out of boredom & I have been wanting to paint something with a combo of my favorite cool colors.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to paint on this gorgeous background, as I would have been satisfied just hanging the canvas on the wall prior to painting the palm trees.  Anyways, I racked my brain all week…..ocean scene, scene looking at earth from space, etc…  Then this morning I woke up and headed out the door to do my weekly grocery run & cool shadow of a palm tree caught my eye and I knew that’s what was meant to go on my beautifully colored canvas.  I think it turned out to be a pretty darn good choice!  Don’t you?  Next time, I think I’ll try this design out on a bigger canvas since I love it so much.  I think I might have to do one with sunset colors too…pinks, oranges & yellows. 🙂

It’s been a pretty uneventful week for me!  Finally found a chiropractor that could get me in this week before work which was exciting!  Dr. Moroff has magic fingers & after my very first adjustment I was feeling 95% better, after being in pain for a month.  It was such a relief.  Definitely the best chiropractor I’ve ever found!  If anyone lives in the Orlando, FL area and is looking for an awesome chiropractor, check out Exum Chiropractic.

I was craving some Starbucks goodness earlier this week, so I stopped in on my way to work.  To my surprise, they had a new frappuccino flavor…..Mocha Coconut!  It is sooooo good!  I’d highly recommend trying it, especially if you love coconut & chocolate.  They if sprinkle it with toasted coconut &  drizzle it with chocolate syrup.    Something else on the Starbucks menu I’ve heard a lot about and have been wanting to try are cake pops.  I didn’t try those until today after coming across a cake pops recipe book in Target.  I picked it up and thumbed through it for a bit & was surprised at how freaking easy these are to make!

 You basically back a cake…let it cool & then you break it up in a bowl.  Then you stir in 3/4 of a container of frosting into the cake crumbs, so it’s nice and moist.  Then you roll 1 or 1.5 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the fridge to firm up before you dip them in chocolate!  I’m definitely going to have to try and make them myself.  These would definitely be fun to make for a bake sale and would probably be a pretty popular seller, as they are pretty tasty!  And they are pretty too!  Starbucks has a Rocky Road Flavor that is chocolate cake on the inside covered in chocolate, marshmallows and nuts.  It’s pretty tasty.  The pink one is the Birthday Cake flavor.  It’s yellow cake on the inside.  It’s pretty tasty too!  My absolute favorite is the Tiramisu flavor!  It’s a combo of vanilla cake with a coffee flavor on the inside with a mocha coating and a chocolate shaped coffee bean on top!  It’s sooo good!  I’ll have to stay away though, as they are about 170 calories for just one of these delightful little things…Yikes!  Not good when it’s swimsuit season year round here in Florida…lol!

Well, that’s about all I got for you this week.  I’ll spare you by not talking about the great coupons and deals Target has on there website this week…who knew they even has coupons for clothes!?  I got $5 off a swimsuit that was already on sale for $12.50….SCORE!!  Okay…I’ll stop now or I’ll keep going.  Talk to you all later!  I’ll have a new painting to reveal to you in the next couple of days….SQUEEEL! 🙂

Another Weekend Gone!

Man, do the weekends fly by quick!  I’m ready for Memorial Day weekend!  Not that I have any plans what so ever, but at least it’s a 3 day weekend, which are far and few where I work!  So what have you all been up to this week?  Nada here…still dealing with some pretty persistent back pain that refuses to subside for good & can’t seem to find the time to take off work to get it taken care of….grrr!

The only things I’ve managed to accomplish this weekend are to get a couple paintings done, a little more of another crafty project done & I found a new kick ass flavor of Ben & Jerry’s!!  It’s so good….it’s called “Late Night Snack”.  I do declare “Chubby Hubby” is still my favorite, but this is a very close second! It’s vanilla bean ice cream with swirls of salty caramel and fudge covered potato chip clusters….hey…don’t knock it, till you try it!  It’s that perfect combo of sweet & salty.  Kinda like dipping a french fry in a Wendy’s Frosty.  Come on…you know you’ve tried it!  Anyways, it’s definitely worth picking up if you see it on your next grocery run!

The other crafty project I’ve been working on is a decorative wreath, but I don’t want to show you any pictures until I’m completely done, which may be a while, as I didn’t realize the project was so tedious and time consuming until after I got it started.  I will give you a hint as so what the wreath consists of….well, for starters one of those wreaths you find made of hay that is wrapped in plastic, superglue & rosettes made out of book pages.  It’s going to be gorgeous when it is all done.  I’m about 1/3 of the way done and I so love how it looks.  I can’t wait until I get it all done.

On the painting front…I completed two this weekend.  One is called “Wish” that has a whimsical little dandelion design on it.  The other….I cannot reveal at this time until the recipient I made it for receives it.  It is by far my most favorite painting I’ve done & I LOVE IT!!  Hope the person I made it for loves it as much as I do & I have a good feeling they will!  I will show you how the “Wish” painting turned out though.

Well, that’s all for now.  Back to working my way through episodes of “Ghost Whisperer” on Netflix.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!  🙂

Oh, My Aching Back!

Holy cow…I didn’t realize it has been a week since I posted already!  Work has been exhausting lately, especially since my bad back has been acting up for the past month, so after sitting at work all day I just come home in pain and sit with ice on my back until I’m numb.  Back pain is no fun, unfortunately since I’m a klutz I’ve had to deal with it most of my life.  Growing up in the midwest, I always managed to fall on a icy patch at least once ever winter, no matter how careful I was to avoid them!  I remember one winter when I was in college and I waited to walk up to the school until the snow plow went through.  Well, no sooner than I start walking up to the doors, one leg goes flying in the air, followed by the other…arms and book bag fly through the air and I land flat on my back and just laid there in the snow for a while and the snow plow drives up to see if I’m okay and I just laid there and gave him a thumbs up and then got up and went to class covered in snow.  I looked like Goofy in one of those old Disney short cartoons & probably made the whole “Yaaaahoooohooooeeeee” sound in the process.  Then I was rear ended over New Years one year on our way from Chicago to Ohio to visit family.  Some crazy lady was flying down the interstate and supposedly fell asleep and when she hit the traffic jam….guess whose car stopped her!  Yep….back hasn’t been the same ever since.
Anyways, by Friday evening I was in desperate need of relief and over the counter pain relievers and ice just weren’t cutting it anymore.  So, as I was cringing as I got out of my car I seen a Bed, Bath & Beyond ad sticking out of my mailbox…they always make my day for some reason?! As I’m sitting on the couch with an ice pack, flipping through the pages, I come to the last page and there it was…a product that peaked my interest on a late night infomercial….the Back2Life.  There it was with the big fat price tag that made me cringe, but I had a 20% off coupon & have been unsuccessful at finding any chiropractors in the area that are open when my schedule would allow me to go, so after much research I broke down and went out and bought it Friday night.  I was a bit skeptical, so I made sure to ask about the return policy and they said it you don’t like it…bring it back…no time limit!  So that worked for me, plus I got a $20 mail in rebate to boot!  Well, I came home straight away and put it together and tried it out straight away & have used it a few times each day over the weekend and I can actually move without being in pain!!  The real test will be to see how I feel tomorrow after I come home from work.  Hopefully, it continues to do its magic and keeps on working for me.  So, I’m going to keep this up along with a yoga dvd I found on Netflix & hopefully that’ll help limber me up a bit so I can add a little more activity into my routine.  I threw my back out in the first place trying to add some exercise into my week, but that X-box Kinect game had way to much jumping and totally jarred the heck out of my back, so I won’t be playing that game anytime soon.  Anyways…that about sums up my week….PAINFUL!  But if you have lower back pain & don’t want to spend all that time and money at the chiropractors office…this little gadget practically works like one of the contraptions they usually have you lay on & helps get those vertebrae in the lower back moving.  It’s worked wonders for me this weekend & will totally be worth the money if it continues to do the trick!  So don’t knock it, until you try it! 🙂